Advancing Children's Health

Looking for our 2017 calendar kids and monthly articles? New ones are posted each month.

Karrah Bauserman can recall being bullied by classmates about her weight for as long as she can remember. As a child, Karrah was unable to participate in sports and activities with her fellow peers because she would quickly run out of breath. At the age of 13 she weighed her heaviest, about 200 pounds, and as her weight increased, so did the teasing. Karrah decided she had to make a... View Article

Jan 24 2013

Paula Belmonte had a fairly easy pregnancy until she went into preterm labor 12 weeks before her due date. Four days later, her son Santiago was born weighing 1 lb. 5 oz. and measuring 12.25 in. Paula says the next 161 days were some of the hardest she ever experienced.VCU Medical Center is a Level III, state-designated regional perinatal center – this means that together with Children’s Hospital of Richmond... View Article

Jan 8 2013

Our 12 Days of Holiday Cheer have come to an end! We want to thank you all for lighting up our world with your heartwarming and inspirational messages of appreciation, so we are spreading the cheer right back.Your stories have overwhelmed us with kindness, so our staff has put together a surprise video that is sure to turn heads. And, we can guarantee you won’t be smiling at the ground... View Article

Dec 21 2012

Leslie Wyatt, executive director of Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU, recently wrote a letter to the editor regarding Richmond’s need for a shared vision for children’s health.  We’re taking pediatric care and research to the next level!Over the years, Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU has been energized by our community’s steadfast passion and support for great children’s health care. Together, we have been able to create a world-class... View Article

Dec 20 2012

Two years ago, Richmond and surrounding counties were void of a pediatric nephrology program. Children were traveling sixty to eighty miles outside of the city for treatment of issues such as congenital renal disease and hypertension.Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU recognized this gap in care and decided it was time to rebuild a program. This programmatic expansion is part of a larger vision for pediatrics, driven by Drs. Rubin... View Article

Dec 19 2012

Have you ever wondered what our staff does when they’re happy? Perhaps they break out into song! Maybe they take out their dancing shoes and bust a move. Guess you’ll never know… or will you? This December, find out what it takes to see your own physicians, nurses and staff members at Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU perform in a musical debut! All it takes is a little love... View Article

Dec 11 2012

Amy and Brian Kelley brought home their beautiful blonde haired, blue eyed newborn, Addy. She had only been home a week when her pediatrician called to say that some of Addy’s tests had come back abnormal. She was soon diagnosed with cystic fibrosis, a genetic, chronic condition that affects the lungs and digestive system.Addy and her parents’ lives would change forever. When you meet Addy, you would never know that... View Article

Dec 10 2012

By Leslie Wyatt, Vice President of Children’s Services andExecutive Director of Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCUShhh…we have a fun secret to share. Today Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU (CHoR) is revealing our new Children’s Garden! The open air rooftop space is a unique outdoor environment designed for inpatient children and families. The 4,000 square-foot garden is located on the 7th floor of the MCV Campus and features beautiful... View Article

Nov 19 2012

By Robert E. Kane,  MDProfessor, Division of Gastroenterology and Nutrition, Virginia Commonwealth University As an adult you may have experienced heartburn or an uncomfortable feeling in your chest after eating a big meal or spicy food. From time to time this is normal, but if these symptoms occur frequently it may be due to gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).But GERD isn’t just a problem for adults — it affects kids, too. In... View Article

Nov 15 2012

Conjoined twins Maria and Teresa Tapia were surgically separated one year ago by medical experts at Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU. The Richmond Times Dispatch originally covered the successful surgical procedure and was on hand for the homecoming to describe how the twins are doing one year later: “They have great health, and they love to play” [Lisandra] Sanatis said.That was confirmed during an afternoon check-up at VCU. Dr.... View Article

Nov 2 2012